42 years ago watching “Off The Wall” in 1978 holding my 6’4″ Twin Fin

42 years ago watching “Off The Wall” in 1978 holding my 6’4″ Twin Fin. This one became known as the “Free Ride” model. It’s the board I was riding in some of the “Off the Wall” North Shore sequences in Bill Delaneys movie Free Ride. Dimensions were 21″ wide & 27/8″ thick. So stoked I still have the original boards. The shorts were a favourite pair of @quiksilver scallop legs that I wore for the whole Hawaiian season & the Australian summer. Custom made in Torquay with me picking the colors. Black Yoke, Yellow font & back with red sides. I don’t have them any more but wish I did even though there is no way they would fit my fat arse now. Photo, Shirley Rogers. @thelostandfoundcollection @limowall @quiksilver @mikypicon @anothery @sammygosling @samueltgriffiths @wadelamond @cidoubleyou @benny_big @mikereilly1 @yeahbranchy @stephenisbelly @dannyteheuheutukino @fuzzy66 @boardriderscoolangatta @boardriderstorquay @boardridersericeira @boardridersmalibu @boardriderscapbreton #markrichardssurfboards #markrichardscolordesigns #markrichardssprays #mrtwinfin #mrretrotwinfin #twinfinsrule #twinfinfever #twinfinfevercatchit #twinfinsforever #mr1978retrotwinfin #mr1978retrotwinfinmodel #mrfreeridemodel #mrfreeridetwinfinmodel #mrfreerideretrotwinfinmodel #mrfreerideretrotwinfin #quiksilver #quiksilveroriginal

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“Off The Wall” in 1978 on my 6’4″ Twin Fin 42 years ago

“Off The Wall” in 1978 on my 6’4″ Twin Fin 42 years ago. This one became known as the “Free Ride” model. It’s the board I was riding in some of the “Off the Wall” North Shore sequences in Bill Delaneys movie Free Ride. Dimensions were 21″ wide & 27/8″ thick. So stoked I still have the original boards. The shorts were a favourite pair of Quiksilver scallop legs that I wore for the whole Hawaiian season & the Australian summer. Custom made in Torquay with me picking the colors. Black Yoke, Yellow font & back with red sides. I don’t have them any more but wish I did even though there is no way they would fit me now. Photo, @merkelmedia @thelostandfoundcollection @quiksilver @mikypicon @anothery @euroglass @fuzzy66 @cidoubleyou @mikereilly1 @sammygosling @samueltgriffiths @yeahbranchy @wadelamond @boardriderscoolangatta @boardridersmalibu @boardriderstorquay @boardridersericeira @nicoperet @boardriderscapbreton #markrichardssurfboards #markrichardscolordesigns #markrichardssprays #mrtwinfin #mrretrotwinfin #twinfinsrule #twinfinfever #twinfinfevercatchit #twinfinsforever #mr1978retrotwinfin #mr1978retrotwinfinmodel #mrfreeridemodel #mrfreeridetwinfinmodel #mrfreerideretrotwinfinmodel #mrfreeridetwinfin #mrfreerideretrotwinfin

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From Left to Right, •MR, 6’1/2″ talll, waist 36, XL tee, 85 kg

From Left to Right, •MR, 6’1/2″ talll, waist 36, XL tee, 85 kg. •1976 Retro Bumble Bee, 5’10”, 213/4″ wide, 27/8″ thick. •Free Ride Retro Twin Fin, 6’4″, 21″ wide, 27/8″ thick. •Original 7’0″ single fin from my 1978 Hawaiian quiver. This is the board I used to Replicate the small run of Retro’s that I did of this 1978 single fin 2 years ago. I have to get around to doing a series of posts on the shaping & Color spraying of this Replica reproduction board eventually. @quiksilver @mikypicon @anothery @cidoubleyou @mikereilly1 @sammygosling @samueltgriffiths @surfboardempire @slimesboardstore #markrichardssurfboards #markrichardscolordesigns #markrichardssprays #mrtwinfin #mrretrotwinfin #mrsinglefin #mrretrosinglefin #twinfinsrule #twinfinfever #twinfinfevercatchit #twinfinsforever #mr1976retrobumblebee #mr1976retrobumblebeemodel #mrfreeridemodel #mrfreeridetwinfinmodel #mrfreerideretrotwinfinmodel #mrfreeridetwinfin #mrfreerideretrotwinfin #mr1978retrotwinfin #mr1978retrotwinfinmodel #mr1978retrosinglefin #mr1978retrosinglefinmodel #mr1978hawaiiancontestquiver #mr1978

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“Off The Wall” in 1978 on my 6’4″ Twin Fin

“Off The Wall” in 1978 on my 6’4″ Twin Fin. This one became known as the “Free Ride” model. It’s the board I was riding in some of the “Off the Wall” North Shore sequences in Bill Delaneys movie Free Ride. Dimensions were 21″ wide & 27/8″ thick. So stoked I still have the original board. The shorts were a favourite pair of Quiksilver scallop legs that I wore for the whole Hawaiian season & the Australian summer. Custom made in Torquay with me picking the colors. Black Yoke, Yellow font & back with red sides. I don’t have them any more but wish I did even though there is no way they would fit me now. The leg length looks super short compared to today’s board shorts. I shaped, sprayed & glassed this board. Photo Dan Merkel @merkelmedia @quiksilver @sammygosling @samueltgriffiths @stephenisbelly @euroglass @cidoubleyou @mikereilly1 @mikypicon @boardriderscoolangatta @boardridersmalibu @boardridersericeira @boardriderstorquay @boardriderscapbreton @fuzzy66 @anothery @empireave #markrichardssprays #markrichardssurfboards #markrichardscolordesigns #mrtwinfin #mrretrotwinfin #mr1978retrotwinfin #twinfinsrule #twinfinfever #twinfinfevercatchit #twinfinsforever #mr1978retrotwinfinmodel #mrfreeride #mrfreeridemodel #mrfreeridetwinfinmodel #mrfreerideretrotwinfinmodel #mrfreeridetwinfin #mrfreerideretrotwinfin

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With Richie Lovett in Slimes Boardstore in Newcastle

With Richie Lovett in Slimes Boardstore in Newcastle. We did an interview discussing Twin Fins for an episode of My Surf TV. I’m holding a 6’4″ Free Ride Retro Twin which is owned by FCS / Surf Hardware. Richie is holding a stock 1980 Retro Pro Twin Fin model. @riklove72 @fcs_surf @mikedurante @joshuahalldesign @slimesboardstore @mysurftv @quiksilver @sammygosling @samueltgriffiths @mikypicon @stephenisbelly @cidoubleyou @mikereilly1 @fuzzy66 #markrichardssurfboards #markrichardscolordesigns #markrichardssprays #mrtwinfin #mrretrotwinfin #twinfinsforever #twinfinsrule #twinfinfever #twinfinfevercatchit #mr1980retrotwinfin #mr1980retrotwinfinmodel #mr1980retroprotwinfinmodel #mr1980retrotwinfin #mr1978retrotwinfinmodel #mr1978retrotwinfin #mrfreeridemodel #mrfreeridetwinfinmodel #mrfreerideretrotwinfin #mrfreerideretrotwinfinmodel

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A shot from 1978 at “Off The Wall” in Hawaii

A shot from 1978 at “Off The Wall” in Hawaii. The board is the 6’4″, 21″ wide, 27/8″ thick Free Ride Twin Fin. The stance ?? Well, I was influenced by South African Shaun Tomson’s tube riding style. He was going mad at OTW getting long deep tube rides with a forward stance where he was continually making adjustments to his line to follow the contours of the tube. At the time it was revolutionary as tube riding was usually based on setting a line after the bottom turn & hoping it was correct to get you in & out of the barrel. I have no idea if I managed to get some pressure on the inside rail to alter my line ? By the looks of it I’m about a second away from wearing the lip on my head. Photo, @chrisklopf @quiksilver @fuzzy66 @shauntomson @carlatomson @anothery #markrichardssurfboards #markrichardscolordesigns #markrichardssprays #mrtwinfin #mrretrotwinfin #twinfinsforever #twinfinfever #twinfinfevercatchit #twinfinsrule #mr1978retrotwinfin #mr1978retrotwinfinmodel #mrfreeridemodel #mrfreeridetwinfinmodel #mrfreerideretrotwinfinmodel #mrfreeridetwinfin #mrfreerideretrotwinfin

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My Free models displayed using Spectre Ghost Racks

My Free models displayed using Spectre Ghost Racks. One board is the original from 1978 & one is an unridden Replica. In the first two photos of the original you can see the price of old dirty string still in the leg rope plug. This is the same piece that has been there for 41 years since 1978. My son Kyle installed the racks. @kylerichards1 @ghost.racks #markrichardssurfboards #markrichardscolordesigns #markrichardssprays #mrtwinfin #mrretrotwinfin #twinfinsforever #twinfinfever #twinfinfevercatchit #twinfinsrule #mr1978retrotwinfin #mr1978retrotwinfinmodel #mrfreeridemodel #mrfreeridetwinfinmodel #mrfreerideretrotwinfinmodel #mrfreeridetwinfin #mrfreerideretrotwinfin

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Photos of my son Kyle putting up some “Spectre” Ghost Racks to display some boards

Photos of my son Kyle putting up some “Spectre” Ghost Racks to display some boards horizontally. I didn’t do anything except for lifting the boards into place when he was finished. Kyle did all the measuring, spacing & installing of the brackets. Unless I’m dealing with surfboard foam I’m kinda useless. @ghost.racks @kylerichards1 @luisrealcollection #markrichardssurfboards #markrichardscolordesigns #markrichardssprays #mrfreeridemodel #mrfreeridetwinfinmodel #mrfreerideretrotwinfinmodel #mrfreeridetwinfin #mrfreerideretrotwinfin #mr1978retrosinglefin #mr1978retrosinglefinmodel #mr1978hawaiiancontestquiver

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Austin Emery from the Sunny Coast’s collection of MR Twin Fins

Austin Emery from the Sunny Coast’s collection of MR Twin Fins. From L to R, Free Ride Replica Retro, A 5′ 9″ orignal Twinny from the late 1970’s & a 1978 Retro Twin Fin model. @aussiepienpeas #markrichardssurfboards #mrtwinfin #mrretrotwinfin #mr1978retrotwinfin #mr1978retrotwinfinmodel #twinfinsrule #twinfinsforever #twinfinfever #twinfinfevercatchit #mrfreerideretrotwinfinmodel #mrfreerideretrotwinfin #mrfreeridemodel #mrfreeridetwinfin #markrichardssprays #markrichardscolordesigns

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The MR “Free Ride” Poncho surf towel is available at Slimes Boardstore , Newcastle &

The MR “Free Ride” Poncho surf towel is available at Slimes Boardstore , Newcastle & Erina. Also available from @markrichardssurfboardsapparel & a small number of surf shops in Australia. They can be shipped Overseas, check out www.markrichardssurfboardsapparel.com The print recreates the iconic deck spray from my “Free Ride” Twin Fin. The poncho surf towel is made from 100% soft cotton velour with a generous fit. The design team, James & Soph are frothing on this one. James is wearing it with the 1980 Retro Pro Twin under his arm. @slimesboardstore @kakek_slime @drippingwetsurfshop #markrichardssurfboards #markrichardscolordesigns #markrichardssprays #mrtwinfin #mrretrotwinfin #mr1980retrotwinfinmodel #mr1980retrotwinfin #mr1980retroprotwinfin #mr1980retroprotwinfinmodel #twinfinsrule #twinfinsforever #twinfinfever #twinfinfevercatchit #mrsurfponcho #mrfreeridemodel #mrfreeridetwinfinmodel #mrfreerideretrotwinfinmodel #mrfreerideretrotwinfin

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